Saturday, January 31, 2015

Letters of Support request - Lummi Request to USACE to deny GPT permit

As many of you may be well aware, on January 5, 2015, a letter was issued from Lummi Nation Indian Business Council to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. This letter specifically requested that the USACE “take immediate action and deny the permit application” of SSA Marine to build the Gateway Pacific Terminal. The official Lummi letter is attached.

It is now very important to show our support of Lummi Nation to protect their sacred lands, waters and treaty rights. Many of you may have already received requests from various organizations asking that you write various government officials showing your support for Lummi’s request and this is no different. If you haven’t done so already, we are asking that you write to the following key people listed below.

These letters of support do not have to be elaborate or detailed. Just a few sentences asking these people to support Lummi Nation will be more than adequate and more than appreciated. It also does not matter if you are not local to Lummi. We want to encourage as many people as we can, wherever they are, to join us in showing support for Lummi's request.

For those of you affiliated with a faith-based community, we also ask that you state you are a member of whatever faith-based community you are a part of and what your role/position, if any, is in that community. We are not asking for letters or endorsements from full congregations or communities, but just as individuals who have found a spiritual concern in honoring Lummi’s right to exist and protect what is sacred to them.

Please feel free to pass this onto as many people as you are able to.

Please include a copy of any correspondence to Dr. Kurt Russo below so Lummi can see your support.

Dr. Kurt Russo
Lummi Sovereignty and Treaty Protection Office
2665 Kwina Road
Bellingham, WA 98226

Governor Jay Inslee
Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002

Senator Pattty Murray
154 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: (202) 224-2621

Senator Maria Cantwell
Office of U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell
311 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Representative Suzan DelBene
318 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
838 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Your attention and support in this matter is greatly appreciated!!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Resolution to Request the Pacific Northwest District Board of the Unitarian Universalist Association to Become Signatory to “A Public Declaration to the Tribal Councils and Traditional Spiritual Leaders of the Native Peoples of the Northwest”

On February 15th, BUF will hold a special congregational meeting to vote on the the subject resolution.  Basically what the resolution does is request that PNWD become a signatory on the 2014 Declaration/Apology to NW First Nations.

This is the link to an information package that contains and explains the proposed resolution and also provides resources for additional UU research, reference and study.  The second link is a link to copies of the original 1987 and 1997 Apologies to the NW Tribes.  These two documents are to be inserted after page 5 in the first document link.

Resolution Background Information Package

1987 and 1997 Faith Community Apologies to NW Tribes